2 officers killed, 1 injured in California shooting

mergency personnel wearing bullet-proof vests attend to a person on a stretcher on the corner of Cypress Road and Del Lago Road in Palm Springs, Calif. on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. Palm Springs police say three officers had been shot but did not give their conditions. Omar Ornelas / The Desert Sun via AP

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (WDTN\AP) – Two officers are dead and one is injured after responding to a domestic dispute Saturday afternoon in California.

Police Chief Bryan Reyes says three officers in Palm Springs, California were trying to resolve a family dispute when a man fatally shot two of them and wounded the third.

Reyes told reporters the officers were talking calmly to the man, trying to resolve things when he suddenly opened fire on them.

The chief, his voice breaking, identified the fatally wounded officers as Jose Gilbert Vega and Lesley Zerebny. He did not disclose their rank or any other information about them.

A police statement says the shooting occurred north of Racquet Club Road and east of Sunrise Way

Reyes said the gunman was still at large and may still be in the home where the shooting occurred.

He said he would release more information later.

The shooting comes days after a Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant was shot and killed in the high desert town of Lancaster.

Sgt. Steve Owen was answering a burglary call when sheriff’s officials say he was shot and wounded by a man who then stood over him and shot him four more times.

A paroled robber has been charged with the sergeant’s murder.

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